A Capital Idea

April 28, 2008
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Fryling Construction Co. doesn’t seem term limited at all, as the Grand Rapids-based builder is working on a couple of Capital City-area projects.

Fryling Construction is putting up Albert Place Condominiums, a five-story building on the corner of Grand River Avenue and Bailey Street in East Lansing.

The first two levels will offer 122 parking spaces, while floors three through five will house 36 condominiums. Three of the condos will be one-bedroom units. The rest will have two bedrooms; some will also have a den.

The building’s façade is being built of brick and limestone.

“The condominiums are being constructed with many features commonly avoided by other developers. The features include a high amount of sound-reducing materials, 10-foot ceilings, granite islands, an all-masonry exterior, and balconies and roof decks overlooking a green roof,” said Jon Lauerto, Fryling Construction project manager.

Cron Management LLC is the project’s developer. The East Lansing firm is known for its local residential and mixed-use developments, such as Stonehouse Village I, and has pegged the cost of Albert Place at $4.4 million. Work on the project started in February and is expected to be completed in August.

Fryling Construction is also building a $12.3 million development called Stadium District. The four-story, 100,000-square-foot building is going up on Michigan Avenue across from Oldsmobile Park in downtown Lansing. The development features 20 condos, 30 rental apartments and about 30,000 square feet of office and retail space.

Retail businesses, such as restaurants and bank branches, will go on the first floor and the Lansing Chamber of Commerce will locate its office on the second floor. The apartments will also occupy a portion of the second story and the entire third floor. The condos are going on the fourth floor.

“The Stadium District building will redefine and add to downtown Lansing by providing residents a great option for urban living, restaurants and shopping,” said Lauerto.

The Gillespie Group is the project’s developer and has worked in the Lansing area since 1994. The firm operates more than 1,300 luxury rental homes and over 125,000 square feet of retail and office space.

Both Lansing-area projects were designed by Wolverine Building Group, a general contractor headquartered in Grand Rapids and the parent firm of Fryling Construction.

Closer to home, Wolverine Building is adding 3,400 square feet of new office space to Advance Packaging’s one-year-old, 400,000-square-foot building at 4450 36th St. SE in Kentwood.

Wolverine is also remodeling the company’s existing offices, upgrading the lighting in the loading-dock area, adding an exterior dust collection unit, and installing two new outdoor canopies. CQX

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